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There’s yet another cloud conference coming our way this April – but this one is special.

So far most of the cloud tradeshows have either been heavily developer- and investor-/analyst-oriented, or simply cloud tracks and sessions on vendor events. The Experts Conference (TEC) is different with its heavy focus on IT professionals.

Full disclosure: I have been involved helping the conference organizers set up the cloud track – and I am pretty proud of the line-up of speakers and sessions we managed to come up with.

TEC is actually a very established technology conference. They started 10 years ago as a very technical (level 400+) and practical Directory conference by the experts for the experts. I believe that with all the marketing hype about the cloud which we are getting these days, its about right time for the event to expand to the cloud. After all, IT professionals who want to be on the cutting edge today actually need to know how to set up federation, deploy Office 365, Google Apps, Amazon or, what is the state of private cloud technology, what SAMLOAuth and OpenID are and how to use them, and much more.

And to give you that information we got folks from product teams, system integrators, and just practitioners with vast experience in all these technologies!

You can find the full agenda of the Cloud and Virtualization Track here. Below are just some of the highlights:

Joey Snow will be talking about Windows Azure (Microsoft’s platform as a service) from IT pro perspective – this will be quite unique considering that Microsoft’s official Azure message is very much developer-oriented!

There will be multiple sessions about Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and other components of the BPOS/Office 365 suite from Microsoft: ranging from real-world experience on when these work and when on-premise options are still superior, how to handle the migration, how to integrate your on-premise directory with the cloud system, what is their state of security and even how they stack up against Google Apps. These are getting delivered by superstars including: Jerry Camel, Mike KostersitzJarrod RoarkDave ChennaultEinar MykletunBill Baer, Dmitri Gavrilov and David Smith.

There will be great discussions on the major authentication and authorization protocols including OpenID and OAuth, ADFS, REST, SAML from industry experts Brian PuhlEve MalerPat PattersonLaura E. HunterFemi AladesuluNikita RyuminCarol WapshereDave JonesMark Wahl.

Finally, we have great representation from industry experts and team members from Microsoft teams (Office 365, Windows Intune, ADFS),, Rackspace, RiverbedSteve RileyPat PattersonJohn EngatesJoseph Dadzie.

So expect a lot of highly practical content and social interaction with the folks who are using cloud in real life today!

The conference is April 17-20, 2011 in Las Vegas. Learn more and sign-up for the event here.


Recording from my TEC session on IT professional view on identity management and AD-integration for Exchange Online and Windows Azure has just got posted:


You can find other session recordings from TEC (including keynote!) here.

Also, if you are based in Europe – TEC Europe in coming to Berlin in September and early bird discounts are still available – see the conference site for details.

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Just got a note from The Experts Conference organizers that my session on Azure and identity management got into the agenda.

Active Directory, User Identity and Azure/BPOS for IT Professionals

In this session we will dive into identity management, federation and sign-on process for Windows Azure and Microsoft’s BPOS products such as Exchange Online and SharePoint Online. How do you set up federation between your existing Active Directory and these “cloud” applications? Which options do you have? How does authentication actually happen? How much of the infrastructure and management effort can be shared across these applications and how much is application-specific?


Dmitry Sotnikov is a PowerShell MVP, regular blogger ( and, and a presenter at various events. Being in charge of Quest’s Technology Research he has already made the company an industry leader in Migration, SharePoint and PowerShell space, and is now leading it into the cloud computing era.

The event is in Las Vegas March 22-25. My session is on Monday.

I’ve blogged about TEC before – this is really one of my favorite event since the days it was called DEC. Highly recommended if you are looking for technology deep dive sessions (as opposed to product pitches which unfortunately take up most of most of conferences these days).

Visit the conference web site for agenda and registration.

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The Experts Conference 2009 web site TEC 2009 (Las Vegas March 22-25) agenda is almost complete now and it seems to be biggest show since PDC (Professional Developers Conference) last year on which Microsoft and their key partners will talk about Azure, Exchange Online and other “cloud” platforms.

Also, while PDC was mainly dev-oriented – this is going to be first one oriented on IT professionals, system integrators and architects.

Here are the sessions which caught my attention:

Directory track:

This Cloud Has Roots: A Peek Into Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services AD Infrastructure by Sean Deuby (Microsoft MVP, Windows IT Pro Magazine contributor, and Enterprise Solutions Strategist with Advaiya).

Federating with the Cloud by Randy Wiemer (Architect at Oxford Computer Group – the main system integrator for Microsoft’s identity management solutions.)

GALSync and Federation in Exchange Online by Craig Martin (Director of Identity Architecture at Oxford Computer Group.)

Implementing an Identity based solution using Microsoft’s new Cloud based infrastructure by Danny Kim (CTO at FullArmor, Microsoft MVP) – Danny is telling me this will be basically a session on identity in Windows Azure based on their experience moving PolicyPortal to Azure.

Identity Integration: Multiple Directories in Cloud by Patrick Harding (CTO at Ping Identity – these guys know about identity federation in the internet probably more than anyone else!)

Exchange track:

Modern Techniques for Large Scale Exchange Environments Keynote by Konstantin Ryvkin (Konstantin is a Sr. Technology Architect in the Microsoft Business Collaboration Services Group a team which provides Exchange based hosted messaging services to Microsoft IT and other enterprise customers – really looking forward to this one!)

Exchange 2007 and its Web Services byIlse Van Criekinge (Global Knowledge)

Software + Services Integration with Microsoft Live by Richard Wakeman (Senior Consultant with Microsoft Public Sector Services.)

These are the sessions on my must-attend list. Looks like, as usual, TEC organizers managed to get a very impressive line-up of speakers and sessions. I have attended TEC (previously called DEC – Directory Experts Conference) before and based on my experience this has always been the most deep and cutting edge conference on Microsoft’s directory technologies you could find – far ahead of general purpose events like TechEd.

Registration and details can obviously be found at the conference web site.

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